NBC2: AeroGuard Flight Training Helps With Pilot Shortage


Click here for the full story. PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — After taking off in a small airplane from the Punta Gorda Airport, Sydney Zhang navigates west to the Gulf Coast. “If you look out here, there’s Boca Grande, there’s the lighthouse,” she says, pointing down to the shoreline from some 3,000 feet in the air. Zhang is a flight instructor for AeroGuard and hopes to someday fly for a commercial airline. She’s from an aviation family and seems to have inherited a passion for flying. “You catch the flying bug,” she explained. “You get this exhilaration. Every time I take [...]

NBC2: AeroGuard Flight Training Helps With Pilot Shortage2021-11-24T10:55:54-05:00

Board Guest Column: The Daily Sun


Airport Authority Vice Chair Paul Andrews Paul Andrews is Vice Chair of the Charlotte County Airport Authority. Column provided to the Charlotte Sun.  Airport Staff Has Made a Difference PUNTA GORDA (October 11, 2021) - For almost 10 years I have had the good fortune to sit on the Board of one of the most successful airports in the U.S. I maintain a long-held belief that the key to success is having right leadership in place. As I look back on the last five years at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), it is evident that is exactly what we [...]

Board Guest Column: The Daily Sun2021-10-11T14:20:08-04:00

Picture Paradise! New Photo Op Spot


Airport Partnership with Art in Public Places Offers New Photo Op Spot at Bailey Terminal PUNTA GORDA, FL (Sept. 10, 2021) – Thanks to the Charlotte County Airport Authority’s partnership with the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County, Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) has a new colorful photo op spot for passengers to capture a selfie and share on social media. Local artist Larry E. Palmer painted a Charlotte Harbor sunset mural on a 10-foot wall in the corridor that connects ticketing and baggage claim in the Bailey Terminal. The scene is completed with two bar-height Adirondack chairs sourced from [...]

Picture Paradise! New Photo Op Spot2021-11-19T13:13:14-05:00

 PGD Awarded FAA Grant for Runway 4-22


 PGD Awarded $14.7 Million Federal GrantPUNTA GORDA, FL (Sept. 3, 2021) – The Charlotte County Airport Authority will be receiving $14,761,954 in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Runway 4-22. At 7,193 feet long, it is the longest of PGD’s three runways and is the primary runway used by commercial airliners.The runway was constructed in the 1940s and has endured decades of takeoffs and landings, so the center portion of the runway must be removed and reconstructed along its entire length.  The remaining portion of the runway will be milled and resurfaced. Both portions [...]

 PGD Awarded FAA Grant for Runway 4-222021-09-03T16:56:56-04:00

PGD Wins FDOT’s Project of the Year


Punta Gorda Airport Wins FDOT's 2021 Commercial Service Airport Project of the Year Recognized for Runway 15-33 Rehab & Extension PUNTA GORDA, FL (July 20, 2021) – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently named PGD’s Runway 15-33 Rehab & Extension its 2021 Commercial Service Airport Project of the Year. The honor was bestowed to PGD’s CEO James W. Parish, P.E. at the Florida Airports Council Annual Conference held in Jacksonville this week. Each year the FDOT presents awards honoring superior achievement in the categories of Aviation Professional of the Year, Distinguished Aviation Service, Commercial Service Airport of the Year, [...]

PGD Wins FDOT’s Project of the Year2021-07-19T16:34:15-04:00

Board Guest Column: The Daily Sun


Rob Hancik is a commissioner on the Charlotte County Airport Authority and member of the Curmudgeon Club of Charlotte County. Column provided to the Charlotte Sun.  Airport’s growth a financial boost for county PUNTA GORDA (June 26, 2021) - Punta Gorda Airport is back in full swing. April was the first month Allegiant flights averaged 75% full and total passenger numbers are now aligning with 2019 numbers. Commissioner Robert D. Hancik, A.A.E. If you make a morning trip to the terminal building you might not even think there was a pandemic… well except for the masks. While mask [...]

Board Guest Column: The Daily Sun2021-07-01T15:58:56-04:00

World Record Setting Solo Pilot to Visit PGD


Source: AeroGuard Flight Training Center Pilot Attempting World Record "Youngest Around the World Solo" to Land in Punta Gorda, FL During Bid PUNTA GORDA, Florida, June 22, 2021 (Newswire.com) - An attempt at the world record for youngest around the world solo is currently underway, and will be landing to visit AeroGuard Flight Training Center in Punta Gorda, FL on June 28, 2021. Young Travis Ludlow, from the U.K., aged just 18 Years and 128 Days, is attempting to break the current world record by 30 days having left from London 23 days ago. Ludlow, who is now halfway through [...]

World Record Setting Solo Pilot to Visit PGD2021-06-23T15:58:07-04:00

Nonstop, Low-cost Flights to Baltimore Begin Today!


ALLEGIANT BEGINS NEW NONSTOP SERVICE TO BALTIMORE WITH ONE-WAY FARES AS LOW AS $59* PUNTA GORDA, Fla. May 27, 2021 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today begins a new nonstop route to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) in Maryland from Punta Gorda Airport (PGD). To celebrate, the company is offering one-way fares on the new route as low as $59.*  “Punta Gorda is an important part of our network, so we’re thrilled to offer this new service to Baltimore, which serves as a gateway to a variety of recreational opportunities,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant’s senior vice president of revenue and [...]

Nonstop, Low-cost Flights to Baltimore Begin Today!2021-05-27T12:36:53-04:00

Airport Authority Launches Interactive Map


GIS Parcel Viewer Shows Land Available for Lease Punta Gorda, FL (March 8, 2021) – The Charlotte County Airport Authority (Airport Authority) has launched an interactive map for PGD AviEx to help streamline commercial and aviation development on airport land. The interactive GIS map was developed to help businesses identify parcels at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) most suitable for their development needs. All of the parcels available for lease, whether airside or landside, are in the Interstate Airport Park and enjoy business-friendly ECAP zoning guidelines. “We are excited to launch this interactive tool to help planners, developers and investors who are considering a Southwest Florida [...]

Airport Authority Launches Interactive Map2021-03-09T09:37:04-05:00
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